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Is the honeymoon over?

From Politico.com:

Now that he’s in office, Obama’s approval ratings are starting to normalize, as partisan back-and-forth picks up.

Just a week ago [prior to his inauguration], Gallup found an astonishing 83 percent approval of how he has handled his transition, showing he had even won over most Republicans.

The Gallup Poll on Saturday released the first job-approval rating for President Obama, based on interviews during his first three full days in office: 68 percent.

The new job-approval figure puts him at the upper end of opening poll numbers for presidents, but doesn’t set a record.


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Evidence that the NAACP ...

... has outlived any usefulness it ever had ...



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I totally get this.

In fact, I'm thinking Dan and I should fly to Vegas and renew our vows ... at the In-n-Out Burger on Tropicana.

Couple weds in fast-food style ... in Taco Bell.
Customers continue to order tacos and burritos as vows are exchanged.


Taco Bell Wedding

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I had company for lunch today.

Deer hanging out by the kitchen window.

Deer hanging out by the kitchen window.



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Laugh of the Day

From the L.A.Times:

Porn mogul Larry Flynt sues nephews over use of family name

By Victoria Kim and Andrew Blankstein
January 7, 2009

Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt has been called a lot of things over the years. But he insists that the Flynt name still stands for quality when it comes to adult entertainment.

So this week, he filed suit against two nephews who are using the family name for their own line of adult films. Flynt said he is going to court to protect his good name, saying that he is concerned that Jimmy Flynt II and Dustin Flynt might tarnish the Flynt franchise by producing lower-quality porn that the lawsuit calls "inferior products" and "knock-off goods."

"To come into the adult entertainment business and use my name not only confuses people who buy my products, but if they're not maintaining a certain quality, it could also hurt my name," Larry Flynt told The Times on Tuesday.

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If I hadn't seen this ad ...

... with my own eyes I'd swear it had to be a joke. It isn't bad enough that we are bombarded by rap music ringtones everywhere we go. Soon we will be assaulted by PERFUME emanating from laptop computers, too!

Perfumed laptop
Perfumed laptop



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Come on, Prez-to-be ...

... talk to Damon Weaver!

Cute video of the day:



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IT'S THE ETIQUETTE POLICE!!

Being Annoying Now Illegal In Michigan Town

BRIGHTON, Mich. -- Since when did being annoying become a crime? Since Brighton City Council approved a public conduct code Monday night, which includes fining someone up to $500 for being annoying.

One section of the bill reads, "It shall be unlawful for a person to engage in a course of conduct or repeatedly commit acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person and that serve no legitimate purpose."

The bill also states it's unlawful for anyone to insult, accost, molest or otherwise annoy any person in public.

The ordinance was modeled after one in Royal Oak, where the Brighton police chief previously worked.

The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reported that two council members expressed concerns for the language of the ordinance, but voted for it anyway.

Brighton officials said the ordinance would be subjective and the call will be made by police officers.

The amended ordinance takes effect Jan. 17, 2009.

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What I want to know is ...

... does anyone actually deposit checks like this in his or her bank account? (Yes, that is a check for FIVE CENTS.)

Refund check from Verizon for 5 cents.

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One of the few things I'll miss ...

... about NJ is cheap gas. In PA we pay 30 to 40 cents more per gallon for self-service gas than folks in NJ pay for full service. And I must admit I didn't expect to see gas at this price ever again, even in NJ.

Cheap NJ gas.

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"Those were the days, my friend ..."

"We thought they'd never end ..."

Icy roadsign in Gary, Indiana.



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busy week for obit writers

R.I.P. Van Johnson, Bettie Page, and Beverly Garland.

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Why not wait until the guy ...

... actually accomplishes something.

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. -- One South Florida city is planning to honor the president-elect with his own street.

Opa-locka plans to rename Perviz Avenue to Barack Obama Avenue on President's Day in February.

The city commission voted on the name change last week and officials say it is expected to finalize the approval next month. Opa-locka is a predominantly heavily African-American community north of downtown Miami.



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R.I.P. The Piemaker and DeadGirl

Pushing Daisies Cancelled.

First, Wonderfalls. Now Pushing Daisies. Sigh ...

From E! Online, the facts are these:

ABC has cancelled Pushing Daisies, executive producer Bryan Fuller confirms to me exclusively.

Bryan Fuller tells me, "[ABC president] Steve McPherson called me, and said 'We gave it the best shot we could.' "

According to Fuller, the facts are these: "It's very likely that Pushing Daisies will end after episode 13, which as you know, is a cliffhanger. But we are talking to DC Comics about doing comic books that will wrap up our storylines, and I already have a pitch for a movie ready to go.

"To be honest, I'm really not feeling very boo hoo about it. I am so proud of the show. We put together 22 really good episodes, and there is a lot to be proud of. I'm sure I'll be working with a lot of these people again, and I would love to do so."


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Another adorable SmartCar

This one was spotted in a Smart showroom in Naples, Italy.

I love Smarties. I love Hello Kitty. I love this car!

Hello Kitty Smart Car

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Jay Leno test drives "the car that makes people smile".

I want one. I want one. I WANT ONE!!!



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Laugh of the Day

I just heard on the radio (sorry, I can't provide a link) that 64% of respondents in a new poll are pleased with Obama's performance since the election [emphasis mine].

And during the last 7 days he has done what, exactly??

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An honest mistake ...

... or an indication of things to come? You be the judge.

Warner Todd Huston writes today on NewsBusters.com:

The co-chair of Barack Obama's Transition Team, Valerie Jarrett, appeared on Meet the Press this weekend and used, shall we say, an interesting word to described what she thinks Barack Obama will be doing in January when he's officially sworn into office. She told Tom Brokaw that Obama will be ready to "rule" on day one. It's a word that reflects the worst fears that people have for Obama the "arrogant," the "messiah," that imagines he's here to "rule" instead of govern.

Jarret told Brokaw that "given the daunting challenges that we face, it's important that president elect Obama is prepared to really take power and begin to rule day one."

Someone needs to get to Jarrett and inform her that American politicians are not Kings and do not "rule" from office. But if this is the attitude of Obama's transition team, what does The One himself imagine he is about to unleash? Could the fears that Obama thinks he is being anointed America's King be far off with this sort of talk flying about?


It sounds like something Biden would say.

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How to hold down prices ...

... without alienating your customers:

From the L.A.Times (11/9/08):

Containers



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The back-peddling begins ...

From the WashingtonTimes.com web site:
Over the weekend President-elect Barack Obama scrubbed Change.gov, his transition Web site, deleting most of what had been a massive agenda copied directly from his campaign Web site.

Gone are the promises on how an Obama administration would handle 25 different agenda items - everything from Iraq and immigration to taxes and urban policy - all items laid out on his campaign Web site, www.BarackObama.com.

Instead, the official agenda on Change.gov has been boiled down to one vague paragraph proclaiming a plan “to revive the economy, to fix our health care, education, and social security systems, to define a clear path to energy independence, to end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan, and to work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, among many other domestic and foreign policy objectives.”

“We are currently retooling the Web site,” said Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro.

The Kool-Aid should start to wear off soon.


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